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Tough stance warranted

June 26, 2016 A “first” occurred in Belmont County last week, but it was not a positive milestone. Common Pleas Judge John Vavra handed down a lengthy sentence in the county’s first-ever “major” drug case. more »»

 
 
 
Grim news for kids

June 24, 2016 Ohio’s teenagers are doing better in a few ways, according to a recent national report, but the same cannot be said for our younger children. The 2016 Kids Count Data Book released by the Annie E. more »»

Season of opportunity

June 23, 2016 Summer is the favorite season of many children — and for good reason. more »»

Keep roads safe

June 22, 2016 With all we know about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs, it’s hard to believe that anyone decides to take that risk these days. more »»

Preserving tunnel

June 21, 2016 Old railroad tunnels are big attractions on hiking and bicycling trails throughout our region of the country. Barnesville is fortunate to have one. more »»

Learn from mistakes

June 19, 2016 It seems unlikely a plan to close Beallsville High School will surface again in Monroe County — at least not for awhile. Since the fiasco regarding the issue last year, much has changed. more »»

Not Making the Grade

June 18, 2016 Occasionally, one hears of a school teacher angry that she or he was ordered to grant a student or group of students a higher grade than was earned. more »»

Fighting Drug Abuse

June 16, 2016 Those who attended a town hall meeting in Barnesville on Tuesday already understood substance abuse is an enormous problem in our are. more »»

Drugs not welcome

June 8, 2016 Not in our backyard. That was a message Belmont County Common Pleas Judge Frank Fregiato sent on Monday, and it is a stance that we support. more »»

Working together

June 7, 2016 It seems that public schools in Eastern Ohio are always in need of additional funding, so it makes a great deal of sense for them to work together to make the most of what they have. more »»

Ahead of vote, a look at Britain’s political silliness

June 7, 2016 Misery loves company, so refugees from America’s Republican Party should understand that theirs is not the only party that has chosen a leader who confirms caricatures of it while repudiating its... more »»

Presenting a logical defense of the Cincinnati Zoo

June 7, 2016 The typical response when someone saves a small child from harm isn’t “How dare you?” But the Cincinnati Zoo has been subjected to a torrent of abuse for making the agonizing decision to shoot and... more »»

Finally, some courage to counterpunch the green bullies

June 7, 2016 When the name Resolute was chosen in 2011, after the merger of Bowater and Abitibi-Consolidated, the Canadian company, a global leader in the forest products industry and the largest producer of... more »»

Summer safety

June 5, 2016 Now that school is out and the season of barbecues has begun, fire safety may be one of the furthest things from the minds of local residents. That should not be the case. more »»

Be on guard

June 2, 2016 It’s a shame that we need to always be on guard to protect our homes and other property, but that really is the cas. more »»

Community spirit

June 1, 2016 Residents and municipal leaders in the village of Belmont are setting a fine example of what can be accomplished when neighbors work together. A few short months ago, the village was in disarray. more »»

Remembering heroes

May 29, 2016 Monday is Memorial Day — the unofficial start of the summer season. Families across Eastern Ohio will gather in backyards for barbecues and games of horseshoes. more »»

Great job

May 27, 2016 Congratulations to Chase Ake on his performance in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Throughout this week, the St. more »»

Work zone safety

May 26, 2016 For centuries people have said that patience is a virtue, but it can be tough to remember that when you are stuck in traffic. more »»

Scofflaws beware

May 24, 2016 Some people say that rules are made to be broken, but you may know better if you recently violated any laws in Martins Ferry. more »»

Equal justice

May 22, 2016 Local courts see men and women at their worst every day. more »»

 
 

Belmont County Commissioners Meeting July 6, 2016

Meetings held every Wednesday in the court house at 10 a.m. more »

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